About PBA

PBA At A Glance

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Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive, interdenominational Christian university founded in 1968.

Main Campus Location:  West Palm Beach, Florida

Enrollment (Fall 2015)

  • Total 3,918
    • 2,226 traditional day (West Palm Beach)
    • 372 evening adult (West Palm Beach, Wellington, Orlando and online)
    • 520 master's programs (West Palm Beach, Wellington and Orlando)
    • 293 full-time and 21 part-time professionals in pharmacy
    • 43 professional in nursing practice
    • 443 dual-enrolled students
  • 1,250 residential students
  • 15,000+ alumni


  • Undergraduate student-faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Average class size: 18
  • 89 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students
  • 82 percent of full-time teaching faculty hold the highest degree in their field
  • 174 full-time faculty
  • 0 teaching assistants

West Palm Beach Academic Programs

The fountain in front of Sachs Hall Administration Building. We are a Christian college in West Palm Beach.
  • 48 undergraduate majors
  • Evening undergraduate degree programs in ministry, organizational management and psychology (on campus and online)
  • Graduate and professional degree programs in business administration, Counselor Education (specializations in addiction counseling; marriage, couple and family counseling; mental health counseling, school guidance counseling and counseling generalist [non licensure]), divinity, leadership (on campus and online) and nursing 
  • Professional deree programs in nursing practice and pharmacy
  • Degrees offered: A.A., B.A., BGS, B.S., B.Mus., B.S.N., D.N.P., M.B.A., M. Div., M. Div/M.B.A., M.S., M.S.N., Pharm.D., Pharm.D./M.B.A.
  • 288,000+ library volumes (books and audiovisual material) 
  • International study available in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, South Asia, Spain, Uganda and the United Kingdom.

Orlando Academic Programs

  • Evening undergraduate degrees in ministry, organizational management and psychology (on campus and online)
  • Master’s degree programs in Counselor Education (specialization in marriage, couple and family counseling; mental health counseling and school guidance counseling) and leadership

Wellington Academic Programs

  • Evening undergraduate degree programs in ministry (on campus and online) and organizational management (on campus and online)
  • Master’s degree program in leadership


  • Wireless access in all residence hall rooms
  • Computer labs in classroom buildings, residence halls and library
  • State-of-the-art computer labs on Wellington and Orlando campuses
  • Sailfish TV campus cable system and digital signage network


Palm Beach Atlantic University is a (provisional) member of the Sunshine State Conference.

Financial Data

  • Undergraduate annual tuition: $26,750
  • Evening undergraduate tuition: $410-460 per credit hour
  • Graduate tuition: $525-$565 per credit hour
  • Doctor of nursing practice tuition: $750 per credit hour 
  • Pharmacy tuition: $35,010
  • 98 percent of all degree-seeking students receive some form of financial aid or 99 percent of all undergraduate day students
  • $94 million operating budget
  • $80.1 million endowment
  •  $371 million local economic impact

Accreditation Statement

Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the following degrees: associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctor of pharmacy, and doctor of nursing practice. For questions about the accreditation of Palm Beach Atlantic University, contact the Commission on Colleges at:

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
(404) 679-4500 or www.sacscoc.org

Persons wishing to review documents related to the accreditation of Palm Beach Atlantic University should contact the Office of Accreditation, Assessment and Research at (561) 803-2050.

Palm Beach Atlantic University has received specialized accreditation, certification, or licensure from the following organizations:

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE
    • The Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810; (312) 664-3575; FAX (312) 664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
    • As of March 22, 2016 the athletic training program was placed on probation by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101 relating to student outcomes. A plan is being implemented to bring the program into compliance.
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE
    • The Bachelor of Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036; telephone (202) 887-6791.
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Department of Education (FLDOE)
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE
    • Palm Beach Atlantic University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE: Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in: Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing.
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM
    • Palm Beach Atlantic University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music located at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 20190-5248. Telephone: (703) 437-0700, Facsimile: (703) 437-6312.
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Workship: A Tradition of Service Since 1968

Workship is a distinctive community service program that responds to human needs with Christ-like action in the community and the world. Through community service, students can discern their vocation and develop a life-long habit of servant leadership. To date, Palm Beach Atlantic students have volunteered more than 3 million hours.

American Free Enterprise

Palm Beach Atlantic University confidently affirms the values and institutions that historically have informed American society—religious liberty; traditional Judeo-Christian morality; limited, constitutional government; the Rule of Law; personal and political accountability; and capitalism—the system of free enterprise. We believe that America is truly an exceptional nation, which was founded and has flourished under the guiding providential hand of God. We aim to develop in each of our students an appreciation for the unique American achievement in its many dimensions—social, political, economic, moral, legal, and religious.  

Our general education curriculum, required of all students, includes a course entitled “Freedom in American Society,” which examines the meaning and significance of freedom in the American experience. Students explore such topics as the historical roots of American liberty, with special emphasis on the close link between liberty and Christianity, and the nature of freedom as understood by the chief architects of the American political order. They examine the interdependence between political and economic freedom, in particular, the significance of free-enterprise capitalism for the preservation of liberty. They learn about the structure of American constitutional democracy and the traditional meaning of justice and the Rule of Law. 

These studies help students recognize the various threats to individual freedom, religious liberty, and other traditional American rights and values that have emerged over the past several centuries, as well as contemporary challenges to their preservation. 

Cicero remarked of the declining Republic of his era: “Our age . . . inherited the Republic like some beautiful painting of bygone days, its colors already fading through great age; and not only has our time neglected to freshen the colors of the picture, but we have failed to preserve its form and outlines.” Palm Beach Atlantic University strives to ensure that a similar fate does not befall the noble American experiment in ordered liberty. We regard the transmission of the American cultural heritage to the rising generation as not only a profound joy, but also a profound duty.